Tour de France champion Thomas signs new Team Sky contract

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In this Sunday July 29, 2018 file photo, Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, holds the Welsh flag on the podium after the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race on Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
In this Sunday July 29, 2018 file photo, Britain’s Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, holds the Welsh flag on the podium after the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race on Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)

London (AP) — Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract with Team Sky.

The 32-year-old Thomas, whose previous deal was set to expire at the end of 2018, had been the subject of interest from other teams.

However, the Welshman has decided to stay with the British team and is now contracted through to the 2021 season.

“I’m pleased it’s sorted and delighted to be staying with the team,” Thomas told Team Sky. “It’s working really well for me here and I’m excited about what’s still to come.”

Thomas, who picked up Olympic gold medals in team pursuit in 2008 and 2012, finally triumphed at this year’s Tour de France, having spent much of his career playing a supporting role to the likes of former champions Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.